Tale of the Sackman
New York, NY 10044
Manda Leigh Blunt
Ripley Grier 520 8th Ave, Studio 16N
August 17, 2019
Slots from 10am to 4pm
Tale of The Sackman is a thrilling children’s tale that follows the story of Farin, an 8 year old girl that longs for adventure far beyond what her mother will allow. The townspeople warn the children of the Sackman, a mysterious being who scoops up children who misbehave and don’t mind their parents, which is Farin’s fate. We venture with her into the Sackman’s secret, magical world where she discovers the unexpected truth about the Sackman, her family, and the secret her mother has been desperate to keep.
*ages for characters do not reflect age of actor, only age of character actor must portray.*
Farin- 8 year old girl, stubborn and adventurous with a big heart. Argues with her mother because she wants to be a soldier so that she can fight with her dad to bring him home.
Dee- 15 year old girl, overly confident and selfish. Is “kid in charge” on the Isle of Children. Has a cool, almost rock n roll style.
Catherine- Faron’s mother, in her 30’s. Is raising her daughter alone during a war-time occupation. Wants to keep Farin safe above all else, even if it means hiding the truth from her.
Sackman- tall, entirely mute character who communicates through his music and movement. A mythological creature of punishment, he is in reality misunderstood, and no more than a child in mind. (actor must be comfortable wearing a see-through-hood, like a cloth bag, over their head as part of the costume).
Children’s Ensemble- Boys and girls ages 5-12, playing both children who are being warned of the Sackman by their parents, as well as the Children who have been taken to the Sackman’s Isle.
Adult Ensemble- Men and women 20 years and older. Play parents warning children of the Sackman, and life-size toy soldiers.
What to Prepare:
2 song cuttings, one minute each. 1 should be uptempo (preferably pop or rock inspired), 1 ballad (preferably traditional musical theater style). Accompanist provided. If using a recording, you must play it yourself, a speaker will not be guaranteed.
Those auditioning for Sackman: please bring a 1-2 minute song that will showcase your ability to communicate through movement. Think of it as a monologue, portrayed only through actions and dance, not speaking.
The Show’s Time Commitment:
Rehearsals: September 16th-28th, Mondays-Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm; October 2nd-28st, Mondays-Wednesdays 7:00-9:30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm.
Tech: October 28-30th, 6:30pm-9:30pm, Roosevelt Island Theater
Performances: November 1st-3rd, 7:30pm, Roosevelt Island Theater (3pm matinee Saturday and Sunday).
To submit for audition: Email email@example.com with name, contact info, headshot and resume, and 2 hour window for preferred audition time slot (ex. 12pm-2pm, or 10:30am-12:30pm.) We will review and let you know the specific slot time you will be assigned.
September 16, 2019 - November 3, 2019